How the Siberia icebreaker went to sea trials

On November 16, 2021, the Siberia atomic icebreaker set off from the building berth of the Baltic Shipyard for contractor sea trials.

The vessel is the first serial (second in a row) project 22220 universal nuclear icebreaker.

Over the next few weeks, the commissioning team of the Baltic Shipyard together with the crew and representatives of contractors will check the operation of the icebreaker's mechanisms and equipment. In total, about 300 people went to the test.

Equipment adjustment and finishing works were performed right up to the ship's departure. In the engine room, on the navigating bridge and on the central control panel, one could meet representatives of not only the Baltic Shipyard and the customer of the ship - FSUE Atomflot, but also other organizations, for example, the developer of project 22220, the Iceberg Central Design Bureau.

During the upcoming tests, specialists will have to check the operation of the steam turbine installation, the electric propulsion system, deck mechanisms (anchor and steering gear), general ship systems and automation systems.

Besides, the construction plant will need to confirm the speed and nautical characteristics of the icebreaker. An important stage in the sea trials will be the verification of navigation and communication systems, as well as the operation of the helicopter complex.

The head of the Baltic Shipyard hoped that the tests will be successful, and on December 20 the acceptance certificate will be signed on the ship.